Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA & EPA)
Fish oil is an essential source of omega-3 fatty acids, a polyunsaturated fat, in addition to vitamin A and vitamin D. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the proper development of the eyes, brain, reproductive cells and vital for heart and lung health, in addition to optimal functioning of the immune and endocrine systems.
Fish and other seafood (especially cold-water fatty fish)
Nuts and seeds (such as flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts)
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Danish scientists noticed specific Inuit populations had lower rates of heart disease. Researchers concluded that the comparative rarity of heart disease was due to diets rich in fatty fish like salmon, herring, and sardines. In addition to vitamins A and D, Fish oil is a good source of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to healthy aging throughout life. Studies had found that EPA and DHA have been associated with foetal development, cardiovascular function, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, because our bodies do not efficiently produce some omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources, it is necessary to obtain adequate amounts through fish and fish-oil products. Studies have shown that EPA and DHA are important for proper foetal development, including neuronal, retinal, and immune function. EPA and DHA may affect many aspects of cardiovascular function including inflammation, peripheral artery disease, major coronary events, and anticoagulation. EPA and DHA have been linked to promising results in prevention, weight management, and cognitive function in those with very mild Alzheimer’s disease. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found along with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in cold-water fish, including tuna and salmon. EPA prevents the blood from clotting easily, reduces triglyceride levels in the blood (12), and has effects that might reduce pain and swelling. EPA is a 20-carbon fatty acid found in oily fish, algae oil and krill oil. Your body is able to synthesize this molecule in its original form. EPA and DHA are the omega-3s your body needs in high quantities to achieve the benefits they offer. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) This is an omega-3 fatty acid that is found along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in cold-water fish, including tuna and salmon. DHA plays a key role in the development of eye and nerve tissues. DHA might also reduce the risk of heart and circulatory disease by decreasing the thickness of the blood, reducing swelling (inflammation), and lowering blood levels of triglycerides. This 22-carbon molecule is also found in oily fish, krill oil, algae oil and omega-3 fish oil supplements. Your body converts some DHA molecules back to EPA in order to balance levels if you consume more DHA. DHA is indicated for high levels of cholesterol or other fats in the blood. It is also used for boosting memory and thinking skills, for helping infant and child development (13), for certain eye disorders.
Products with Omega-3 Fatty Acids (DHA & EPA)
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